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September 9, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Recalling the UW-Hawaii series

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The Washington-Hawaii series is hardly long — Saturday’s game will be just the fourth ever played between the two teams.

But it’s been far from dull, each of the previous three games providing its own intrigue.

The last time the two teams played was in 2007 in Honolulu — that’s Jake Locker, then a redshirt freshman, scoring a touchdown in that game (in an AP photo).

That was one of four TDs the Huskies scored en route to taking a 28-7 lead in the second quarter of a game that Hawaii needed to win to clinch an undefeated season and a BCS bowl berth (which ended up being the Sugar). That all made for what frankly remains one of the most raucuous atmospheres I’ve ever experienced covering a football game — the press box seemed to sway on many occassions during the game.

That UW came out so quickly and took a 21-point lead two different times (21-0 and then 28-7) seemed at odds with the theme of the week, which centered mostly on the future of Tyrone Willingham following a disatrous Apple Cup loss the previous week.

But in finally keeping with the theme of that season, the Huskies blew the lead and the game, eventually losing 35-28, though not before Locker led a last-minute drive that might have gone down in Husky history had they finished it off. Instead, it ended with a tipped pass in the end zone and an interception and a 4-9 record. Here’s my story on that game.

The previous two games came in 1938 in Hawaii (a 53-13 UW win) and 1973 in Seattle (a 10-7 Hawaii win that is regarded as one of the biggest upsets in each school’s histories).

I detailed the somewhat odd history of those two games in a story I wrote prior to the 2007 game. Here it is.

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